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Right to Care CEO re-elected as ACTG Network vice-chair

The CEO of the non-profit organisation Right to Care, Professor Ian Sanne, has been elected to serve a second term as the international vice-chair...

New MD for Board of Healthcare Funders

The Board of Healthcare Funders of Southern Africa (BHF) has appointed Dr Katlego Mothudi, a former executive with Sizwe Medical Fund, to take on...

Surgeon honoured for laparoscopic gastric bypass work

The contribution of specialist surgeon, Dr Gert du Toit, for his work in laparoscopic gastric bypass procedures has been recognised with the inaugural Centre...

Death of an activist spotlights an SA Aids movement that is in turmoil

The recent death of HIV activist Prudence Mabele has highlighted the turmoil and divisions in the SA Aids movement, where the ANC government has...

Activist Zackie Achmat to receive honorary doctorate from UCT

The University of Cape Town will award an honorary doctorate to social activist Zackie Achmat for his contribution to social justice. According to...

SA-based next-generation scientists chosen to meet Nobel laureates

Two young scientists working in South Africa, both of whom were participants in the Novartis and University of Basel Next Generation Scientist programme, have...

WHO gets first African head

Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus from Ethiopia will be the next director general of the World Health Organisation (WHO), the first African to head up the...

KZN doctors 'enormously wealthy' but 'tightfisted about giving back…'

Medical students must not think of entering the profession just to accumulate massive wealth, Professor YK Seedat warned at the opening of a new...

SA doctor makes list of most influential people in the world

The news magazine Time has included a South African doctor, Professor Glenda Gray, in its annual list of the most influential people in the...

KZN man gains approval to practise both as advocate and medical doctor

Dr Rakesh Mohanlal has made history by being the first to gain approval from the National Bar Council of SA to practise as an...

UKZN med student publishing peer-reviewed research

For many, publishing peer-reviewed research in a reputable scientific journal remains a pipe dream. But, reports the Sunday Tribune, for Kumeren Govender, a 23-year-old...

Innovative asthma warning system earns University of Pretoria student an award

An innovative, life-saving, early warning system for asthma sufferers developed by a young South African doctoral student has earned him first place at an...

SA-born doctor is the world’s richest

Richestdoc.jpg Patrick Soon-Shiong, the son of Chinese immigrants to South Africa, is the world's richest doctor and the wealthiest resident of Los Angeles with a net worth of almost R150bn. Soon-Shiong grew up 'coloured' in Port Elizabeth finished high school when he was 16 and received his medical degree from the University of the Witwatersrand at 23, finishing fourth out of 189 graduates. He moved to Canada, then to the US, after doing an internship at the then all-white Johannesburg General Hospital where he was paid half the salary of everyone else.

UKZN Aids man receives Nkrumah Award

bbdoolkarimProfessor Salim Abdool Karim, director of the Centre for the Aids Programme of Research in South Africa (Caprisa) at the University of KwaZulu-Natal and professor of epidemiology at Columbia University in New York, has received Africa's most prestigious award for science, the $100,000 (R1.1m) Kwame Nkrumah Award. The award was handed over to Karim at the African Union general assembly in Addis Ababa by the chair of the AU commission, Dr Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma.

Wits prof at Ebola vaccine vanguard

Smartphone South African vaccinologist Professor Helen Rees of the University of the Witwatersrand, is at the vanguard of the global search to find an effective Ebola vaccine and chaired a recent meeting of international experts trying to fast-track the development of three promising vaccines.

South African first

Fozy Peer is the first South African and only the second person from Africa to be elected president of the International Society of Radiographers...

Beating AIDS

Two years after being appointed CEO of the SA National Aids Council (Sanac), Dr Fareed Abdullah is still working towards his vision of turning...

Committed to improvement

Credited with transforming Khayelitsha’s health systems, Dr Giovanni Perez may now have SA’s toughest health job – as district manager of the Eastern Cape’s...

Behind the face transplant:

‘Quiet deaths, ethical slippage’. For 15 years, Richard Norris had a face too hideous to show. Then, one day, writes a GQ journalist, a maverick...

‘Father’ of SA’s EMS dies

Dr Alan MacMahon, who has died in Cape Town at the age of 70, was the father of emergency medical rescue services in SA....